A turn-of-the-20th-century theatre repertory company rejects the latest project of their beloved playwright Tuccio, kicking off a saga of intrigue surrounding the influential critic Bevalaqua and star Celimene.

Director:

John Turturro

Writers:

Brandon Cole (play), Brandon Cole (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Bassi Leo Bassi ... Beppo
Henri Behar Henri Behar ... Pitou
Maurizio Benazzo Maurizio Benazzo ... Passerby
Fernando Bolles Fernando Bolles ... Boy #2
Katherine Borowitz ... Rachel
Jeff Braun Jeff Braun ... Duke
David Cale ... Journalist
Georgina Cates ... Simone
Kenny Cranna Kenny Cranna ... Scruffy man
Beverly D'Angelo ... Astergourd
George DiCenzo ... Jailor
Timothy Doyle Timothy Doyle ... Aristocrat #1 (as Timothy Doyle)
Ben Gazzara ... Old Flavio
Alexander Goodwin ... Crying boy
Amo Gulinello Amo Gulinello ... Pupo
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Storyline

It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's not finished, and intrigue starts that involves influential critic Bevalaqua, theatre star Celimene, young lead actors and other theatre residents. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Cinematographer Harris Savides (1957-2012) has an uncredited part as a theatre patron who walks up to John Turturro's character Tuccio, the resident playwright of the theatre, and says to him: "Did you see the play? I hated it.". See more »

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Bevalaqua: He was so young and so untalented.
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Referenced in Moesha: Mis-directed Study (1999) See more »

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Very funny and intriguing
14 May 2000 | by rsf-4See all my reviews

I don't know how this ended up with such a middling rating. It stands out as one of the wittiest, strangest and well-constructed films I've seen in years. Well photographed, with many characters wonderfully and unexpectedly acted. Appropriate for almost any mood, occasion or atmosphere.


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Country:

Spain | USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,264, 8 August 1999

Gross USA:

$840,134

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$866,865
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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